Books: From Pish to Posh

A TREASURY OF AMERICAN POLITICAL HUMOR edited by Leonard. C. Lewin. 476 pages. Delacorfe. $6.50.

American political humor is as old as American politics, and the best of it has been collected in this volume. What strikes a reader as funny, writes Editor Leonard Lewin, depends on whose "sacred cow is gored." So he has selected his material from the right, the left and the middle, showing that political wit knows no ideology. Included are David Crockett's tale of how he traded drinks for votes when running for Congress; Artemus Ward on Honest Abe's reaction to his nomination ("Oh, don't bother me,...

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